11th (North Auckland) Mounted Rifles squadron

11th (North Auckland) Mounted Rifles squadron

Collar and cap badges

The cap and collar badges for the 11th (North Auckland) Mounted Rifles. A boar’s head flanked by fern-fronds surmounted by the Regimental motto and ‘NAMR’.

The 11th (North Auckland) Mounted Rifles were formed 17 March 1911. They saw service at Gallipoli as part of the Auckland Mounted Rifle Regiment and also in Sinai and Palestine 1916-1919 with the New Zealand Mounted Rifle Brigade of the ANZAC Mounted Division.

Motto: Kia tupato (Be cautious)

The 11th (North Auckland) Mounted Rifles Regiment was officially raised on 17 March 1911. It was one of 12 regionally based mounted rifles regiments formed as part of the new Territorial Force (TF) organisation that came into existence on that day. This part-time Territorial Force and a tiny regular force of professional soldiers formed the basis of New Zealand’s army at the outbreak of the First World War.

Instead of mobilising the TF, however, the government decided to raise a separate force to send overseas to fight – the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF). In 1914 the new mounted regiments of the NZEF were given provincial names corresponding to the military district in which they were raised – Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury or Otago. This gave them some sense of regional identity.

The NZEF mounted regiments were instructed to affiliate each of the three squadrons under their command with a TF mounted rifles regiment from their military district, and to issue the regiment’s badge to the squadron. The idea was to foster linkages with the established TF regiments that were not being sent overseas. So the badge of the 11th (North Auckland) Mounted Rifles  Regiment, TF, was worn by the 11th (North Auckland) Mounted Rifles Squadron of the Auckland Mounted Rifles Regiment, NZEF, throughout its service in the Gallipoli, Sinai and Palestine campaigns.

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Daniel Lopez

Posted: 10 Jan 2023

I have a WW1 nurses autograph book that was signed on one page by a
J.Taylor 13/239.
11th Squadron
Auckland Mounted Rifles
New Zealand
Dec, 1, 1915
The autograph book has many entries like poems, drawings statements of gratitude to a Red Cross Nurse that was able to show them a bit of kindness while they were injured and needed it most.
I have scanned all the pages and would be willing to share it with anyone that would like to see it